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Introducción

The next time you eat an avocado or use one in a recipe, save the stone or pit. Planting your own avocado tree is fun and quite easy.

  1. After removing carefully the pit from the avocado wash it gently with warm water to remove all the flesh.
    • After removing carefully the pit from the avocado wash it gently with warm water to remove all the flesh.

    • Be careful not to remove the brown skin on the pit – that is the seed cover.

    • Avoid using soap, just use warm water and your hands.

  2. All avocado pits have a ‘bottom’ (from where the roots will grow), and a ‘top’ (from which the sprout will grow). The slightly pointier end is the top, and the flat end is the bottom.
    • All avocado pits have a ‘bottom’ (from where the roots will grow), and a ‘top’ (from which the sprout will grow). The slightly pointier end is the top, and the flat end is the bottom.

  3. Holding the pit "narrow" (pointed) side up, stick three toothpicks into the middle section at even intervals, just enough to give a firm hold. This will allow you to balance the pit on the inside of a cup, without completely inserting it into the cup. The pit should sit in about 1 inch (2-3 cm) of water, so keep this in mind when inserting your toothpicks.
    • Holding the pit "narrow" (pointed) side up, stick three toothpicks into the middle section at even intervals, just enough to give a firm hold. This will allow you to balance the pit on the inside of a cup, without completely inserting it into the cup.

    • The pit should sit in about 1 inch (2-3 cm) of water, so keep this in mind when inserting your toothpicks.

    • Don't insert the toothpicks to deep into the pit, this could damage it and it wouldn't grow anymore.

    • The shown avocado pit on the pictures hasn't the perfect shape with a pointier side.

  4. Add water to a small, slender glass until it reaches the top rim. Your glass's opening should be wide enough to accommodate the full width of the avocado pit easily; however, make sure that it is not too wide, otherwise the toothpicks will not be able to reach and the pit will fall in.
    • Add water to a small, slender glass until it reaches the top rim.

    • Your glass's opening should be wide enough to accommodate the full width of the avocado pit easily; however, make sure that it is not too wide, otherwise the toothpicks will not be able to reach and the pit will fall in.

  5. The toothpicks should sit on the rim of the glass. Make sure the pointed end is up and the rounded end is in the water, otherwise your avocado will not grow. The bottom half of the avocado should always be in water.
    • The toothpicks should sit on the rim of the glass.

    • Make sure the pointed end is up and the rounded end is in the water, otherwise your avocado will not grow.

    • The bottom half of the avocado should always be in water.

  6. Place the glass with your avocado pit in a warm place with plenty of light.
    • Place the glass with your avocado pit in a warm place with plenty of light.

    • Change the water every 5-7 days with fresh water.

    • And now you have to be patient. It takes up to 8 weeks until your avocado pit sprouts!

    • Don't forget to fill up the water from time to time.

Conclusión

Stay tuned to see our grown avocado tree in a few weeks! The next technique will show how to plant the avocado tree into a pot with soil.

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